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    Major break-in at Ffordes Photographic

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    Major break-in at Ffordes Photographic 26 Sept SNs to be published.

    Doesn't make sense to steal cameras with known SNs but it happens with Rolex watches too

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    That's a shame, I've bought lots of bits from them over the years. Given the (comparatively) low production numbers and the niche that Leica have in the market I can't think how the cameras can be easily moved on, other than for next to nothing to a "bloke in the pub", which seems to defeat the object of targeting the Leica gear.

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    Hopefully there will be some security camera evidence both prior to and during the break-in and maybe some vehicle registration evidence too.

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    I saw earlier that Ffordes have publicised the crime on Facebook, detailing all of the model numbers and their serial numbers. It sure was one hell of a haul. With the speed that things spread on social media it should make the equipment all but unsellable in the UK, unfortunately it probably means it will go abroad. Who knows, it may even be recovered! (unlikely, I accept) :-(

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    The thieves specifically targeted s/h Leica stock, maybe on behalf of 'fettlers' in some 'far away location' who have the 'skills' to change the SNs prior to listing on Ebay. The thieves must be aware that the actual SNs would be circulated thus preventing easy sale. One Leica specialist in Wetzlar regularly dismantles 'messed about with' Leica cameras and lenses, originating from those 'far away places', to reveal their fakery.

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    Ah, I understand now. Not being familiar with Leica I didn't realise the stolen items were used. Makes sense now, albeit with a warped criminal logic.

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    Holy crap that is a ton of equipment stolen (thanks Bob for pointing it out to me) - dealt a few times with them and one of the good guys. I'll keep my eyes open, but this clearly seems a highly organised event.

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    I feel sorry for them, I also bought a lot of material from Ffordes


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